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Volume 1, Number 1- November 1993



JOHN L. BEHLER, PETER C.H. PRITCHARD, AND ANDERS G.J. RHODIN. Editorial: A new turtle and tortoise journal. P. 2


ARTHUR GEORGES AND MARK ROSE. Conservation biology of the pig-nosed turtle, Carettochelys insculpta P. 3-12.

GERALD KUCHLING AND RUSSELL A. MITTERMEIER. Status and exploitation of the Madagascan big-headed turtle, Erymnochelys madagascariensis. P. 13-18

ANDERS G.J. RHODIN, RUSSELL A. MITTERMEIER, AND PHILIP M. HALL. Distribution, osteology, and natural history of the Asian giant softshell turtle, Pelochelys bibroni, in Papua New Guinea. P. 19-30

PETER C.H. PRITCHARD. Carapacial pankinesis in the Malayan softshell turtle, Dogania subplana. P. 31-36.

MICHAEL R.K. LAMBERT. On growth, sexual dimorphism, and the general ecology of the African spurred tortoise, Geochelone sulcata, in Mali. P. 37-46.

Notes and Field Reports

Range extension for Emydura subglobosa in Papua New Guinea. ANDERS G.J. RHODIN. P. 47
A ranching project for freshwater turtles in Costa Rica. PETER C.H. PRITCHARD. P. 48
New localities for Pyxis planicauda in west-central Madagascar. JOHN L. BEHLER, QUENTIN M.C. BLOXAM, EDMOND R. RAKOTOVAO, AND HERILALA J.A.R. RANDRIAMAHAZO. P. 49
R&eacuteunion Island – still a land of tortoises. JUAN GONZALEZ GONZALEZ. P. 51


On the distribution, relative abundance and protection of tortoises in Bulgaria. VLADIMIR A. BESHKOV [1984]. Translation from Bulgarian arranged by JAMES R. BUSKIRK. P. 53

Newsnotes and Announcements

International Conference on Conservation, Restoration, and Management of Tortoises and Turtles. P. 63
Bibliographic database of chelonian literature established. P. 64
Chelonian Research Foundation Linnaeus Fund: 1992 grant recipients. P. 64
Pathology of Reptiles and Amphibians 5th International Symposium. P. 65
67th Meeting of the Species Survival Commission. P. 65
Second World Congress of Herpetology. P. 65
14th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. P. 66


IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group 1993 Membership List. P. 67

Cover Photograph: Asian giant softshell turtle (Pelochelys), from Lake Murray, southwestern Papua New Guinea (adult female, carapace length 77 cm). This population may represent a new and undescribed taxon; see article on pp. 19-30. (Photo by Anders G.J. Rhodin).